Myron Mixon is the ultimate pitmaster and the winningest man in barbecue: Since he was old enough to walk, he's been stoking a pit and cooking meat over fire in the plain old-fashioned way his daddy taught him. Myron believes that barbecue is a delicious and ultimately simple art, and for the first time in his storied career he's laying down the origins of barbecue. No shortcuts, no tricks, no substitutions, no holding back. Just everything you need to know about the right way to smoke meat--from crafting your own backyard pit to formulas for cooking all the tried-and-true staples in it, from whole hog to ribs, brisket, and chicken--and rounded out with classic Southern favorite fixings such as greasy sweet taters, hog-skin collards, and cracklin' cornbread. Alongside his killer recipes, Myron shares personal stories and anecdotes about his introduction to barbecue through his father, and his life and times on the competitive barbecue circuit. A unique how-to manual peppered with photos and handy illustrations, The BBQ Rules will put you just a lick of a flame away from the best-tasting barbecue on earth.